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Health care helping to drive W.Va. economy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A new report for WVU Healthcare shows its facilities, West Virginia University's health schools and West Virginia United Health System hospitals collectively support more than 12,000 jobs.

And it predicts that number will grow.

The report released Friday in Charleston was commissioned by WVU Healthcare and produced by Pittsburgh-based consultant Tripp Umbach.

It says the organizations had a combined direct impact of $2.6 billion last year on the state's economy.

By 2017, that figure should grow by about $500 million, and nearly 1,100 jobs should be created.

Direct impact includes such things as capital expenses, and spending by staff, patients and visitors.

The report says when indirect impacts are factored in, the numbers jump to nearly 21,000 full-time-equivalent jobs in 2012.

The economic impact jumps to about $5.4 billion.


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